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when a car was driven into a crowd in the american city of charlottesville, where demonstrations were being held against a far—right march. officials say there have been another two deaths linked to clashes. an explosion in the pakistani city of quetta has left at least 15 people dead and 30 others injured. witnesses said the blast had occurred in a high security zone. a statement by the pakistani military said the explosion targeted an on—duty vehicle and set several other vehicles on fire. the biggest star in world athletics, usain bolt of jamaica, has competed in his last major championship. bolt led his team in the axioom sprint relay in london. he pulled up injured in the final straight. great britain won the race. the unite union has warned that strike action by refuse workers in birmingham, which has left waste piling up in the streets, could continue until christmas. industrial action began at the end ofjune in a row over working conditions and pay.
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birmingham city council has accused the refuse workers of holding the city to ransom. kathryn stanczyszyn reports. itjust keeps mounting up. six weeks of strike action by refuse workers has left some streets in birmingham full of bin bags and vulnerable to vermin. now the union behind the action, unite, says it will ballot its members on continuing that action all the way until christmas. the council is proposing to take safety—critical responsibilities off bin loaders at the back of a bin wagon, endangering my members and the public. but, in doing so, and there will be a cost to my members‘ income of between £3,500 to £5,000 a person. they are already on low incomes, and they simply cannot afford it. the row with birmingham city council over changes to the waste service has deepened, with the council accusing unite of holding the city to ransom. it says it must modernise, saving millions of pounds in the process, and also that
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no—one will losejobs. the city council says it will have cleared all the backlog by the end of this weekend, and it then has a plan for further disruption. it is also inviting unite to get around the table, with it and the independent arbitrators, acas. but workers say, although it is not desirable, they are willing to continue the action for many more months. this bin man spoke to a synonymously. we don't want to, but we are willing to stay out for as long as it takes. if that means up until christmas, then so be it. it is a stalemate, but the patience of residents dealing with the consequences is running out. now on bbc news, the travel show. india. a vast country, home to over a billion people, birthplace of illustrious, ancient civilisations. ..
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and today, a fast emerging global power. and 70 years after independence, india is still a diverse, ever—evolving assortment of cultures, creeds, religions and languages. heading off the well—worn tourist path, we're on a journey that spans this vast subcontinent from east to west, travelling from one of the driest places on earth... it's quite incredible, the sand. i mean, it'sjust hard crystals, white salt. you can probably taste it. ..to one of the wettest. these are areas really for the adventurous traveller. this isn't india on tap. i'm on a quest to find out how history, religion and politics have shaped india. and i also meet the people who call this intriguing and sometimes overwhelming country home.
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it's going to be an amazing journey. for thousands of years, india found its riches and influence through international trade. and at the heart of this enterprise was the sea. and the state of gujarat, with 1,000 miles of coastline, served as a shipping gateway to africa, arabia and beyond. this is as far west as you can get in india, and it's the mingling of all the influences from overseas that have helped make gujarat what it is today. the region is known as kutch, and its beaches,
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like here in mandvi, are a popular domestic tourist attraction. but this ancient port town's economy is still anchored in a much older maritime tradition. this is genuinely incredible. i'm in heaven. a huge shipyard with boats and ships at various stages of construction, all made from wood. in an industry dominated by bulky and expensive container ships, these smaller, more agile vessels are still in huge demand. so here are, really close up to these incredible hulks. this one is in mid—construction. we can actually go inside. i'm going to see how they make these things. apparently, each of these dhows
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takes two and a half years to make. for many of the workers, shipbuilding is a family tradition. and this ancient craft is now attracting unexpected new admirers. the region of kutch was home to one of the world's and this ancient craft is now attracting unexpected new admirers. the region of kutch was home to one of the world's earliest civilisations, and can be traced back to prehistoric times. its old royal capital is the city of bhuj. its glory days are kind of over. it was badly hit by the 2001 earthquake. there's a kind of melancholy about this area, because obviously, this was once the real, opulent centre of a rich empire,
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trading empire anyway, and the hub was here. but what is still flourishing is bhuj‘s aso—year—old market just a few minutes away, where the trading tradition continues. what do they sell here? they sell everything. fruit, vegetables, fabric, groceries. all cultural backgrounds can be seen in the marketplace. here, as you can see, all different communities and ethnic groups come here. but kutch‘s natural harmony was disrupted 70 years ago, when the british left. the country was divided
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on religious grounds, with muslims partitioned to the north in pakistan, and hindus to the south in india. we drove out of the city towards the border with pakistan, along the way encountering some kutch herdsmen. they've been living here for 400 or 500 years. since, they migrated down south into kutch from sindh, which is now part of pakistan. ever since the split, there's been tension between the two governments, but to these herdsmen, national borders and religious differences mean little. for the people of kutch, india and pakistan or hindu/muslim is not that important. people are religious, of course, but they're living in harmony and the relationship between these two different groups is brotherly. when two countries were created from one, indelible scars were left on the psyche of the subcontinent. rejoicing turned quickly
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into horror and mourning. in dramatic scenes, more than a million people died in religious rioting, and many millions more were displaced. this all used to be one, but now it's divided in two. and now the border itself has become a tourist attraction. that way is pakistan? that way is pakistan, about 70 kilometres up north. that is where the india—pakistan border is, which lies along the middle of kutch, which is a geographical valley. at nearly 500 metres above sea level, the highest point, kalo dungar hill, allows us a dramatic view of this geological phenomenon, the rann, or desert of kutch, which continues into pakistan. i wanted to get up closer to this natural wonder.
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it's quite incredible, the sand. i mean, it'sjust hard crystals, white salt. you can probably taste it. really unusual to see something like this. the further out i walked, the less lovely it became. it's actually quite incredible. it's more like snow or sludge than white sand or white crystals when it gets wet around here. i'm getting really deep into it. whoa! today, this shimmering wilderness is a healthy source of income for the region, thanks mainly to a three—month long festival throughout the winter. it is amazing. what was a vast, barren landscape has been transformed into this colourful complex, whereby at night, there's live music
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and other performances and by day, there's plenty of other activities. just here is what you might call the glamping quarters. 50,000 people have come here in the last couple of months alone. i guess this is a cross between a weekend festival and a holiday resort. i guess this is a cross between a weekend festival and a holiday resort. it's basically a honeypot for the booming middle classes of india in what has been one of the fastest—growing economies in the world. the revival of interest in kutch culture, boosted by the festival, has been a lifeline for one group of locals in particular, folk musicians. music in particular is very rich over here. previously, they used to perform with their cattles, the shepherds. then afterwards, when they came
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home, they'd get together and their speech and songs are being performed. it's a day—to—day practice. one person plays two flutes of the same time? yes. now, for example, 500 cattles are there and only one shepherd is there. so he'll sit and start playing this and whatever musical reach this has, the cattles will not go out of that range. wow. and they enjoy the music, so the digestive system, the milk output increases. so this is the beauty of it. so it's almost like meditation. yeah. things are changing, definitely. as you say, tourism, so many music festivals are there, so they are invited in various parts of india and abroad. and of course, they are very well paid.
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and not only do i get a demonstration, but also the privilege of playing along... as lead tinkler. and yet again, i'm made aware that kutch culture is all about a sense of community and certainly not about religious segregation. from the bottom of my heart, i am telling you till today, in spiritual and music forms, hindus and muslims sit together and perform till today. for the next part of myjourney, i'm heading to the south—east
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of gujarat, to the town ofjunagadh. ah, the classic indian railway station. to me, nothing sums up this country better than the indian railway network. more than any political act, they say this is what unifies this country. i remember, as a small child, being on an indian train and being totally overwhelmed by it. but i love it. ah, this feels imminent. who knows when this was made, this train? it looks pretty damn old to me. but, wow, look at that! it's a network that ferries millions of passengers daily across tens of thousands of track
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to nearly 7000 stations. it's one of the world's biggest employers. if there's one defining legacy of british rule, it's the vast, sprawling, creaking, indian railway network. it's still the lifeblood of the country today. now, i'll tell you this, you wouldn't get this on a suburban train on a cold, wednesday morning in london, orany other western city. this is unique. do you know everyone on this carriage? yeah. from the train journey? trainjourney, yeah. you're like train friends. excellent. you have a community. yeah, very good.
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is it lucky to have a seat on the train? very lucky. she's very lucky. 0k. like you. like me. yeah. oh, so here we are. the ancient, fortified city ofjunagadh. crowded and noisy, as i expected. let's go explore. just a few minutes from the station, along a dusty, busy road stands this jaw—dropping and little—known
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architectural wonder. built in the late 19th century, mahabat maqbara is an elaborate mausoleum, lending indian, islamic, gothic and european architecture. the intricate carvings took over a decade to complete and the whole structure reflects the opulence and influences of the time. back in the day, under the british raj, there were hundreds of so—called princely states, run by maharajas and nawabs, powerful and wealthy men. there was one such character here. a nawab who made a decision that still has ramifications for relations between india and pakistan even today. these nawabs led lavish lifestyles, in stark contrast
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to ordinary indians. the nawab ofjunaghadh, mahabat khan iii, was no different. junaghadh state celebrates the marriage of the eldest son of the nawab with all the pomp and splendour of a princely wedding. this man was ten in 1946 and recalls the splendour of the ceremony. newsreel: escorted by the royal guard, the bridegroom drives in state through the streets. before him in the procession goes a costly profusion of wedding gifts. all the princes were there. attired in princely clothes with turbans of a particular type on the head. they used to have all their musicians. that lasted for several days. and he recalls getting his first taste of this other world. probably the first time i saw bread, butter, sandwich, everything. it was not known to us here.
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i my father said, "you eat this, this is bread, and this is butter." i liked it. and there were small pastries. i still remember that made in england, london, they was one huntley and palmer biscuit. the important thing is that the formal photograph of his highness, mahabat khan iii. the nawab‘s own, most legendary indulgence, was his love of animals. his main hobby was for dogs. he was mad after dogs. i think almost all brands — varieties and breeds — of dogs from all over the world were here. he used to arrange marriages for dogs and celebrated parties and they were sent for a honeymoon. sent for a honeymoon? ah, used to do it. but, with the advent of independence, the power
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and influence of india's royal rulers was coming to an end. come partition, the muslim nawab wanted to makejunagadh part of the newly created islamic pakistan. even though the town is more than 80% hindu, and hundreds of kilometres from the border. infuriated, the new indian government rallied its troops. the news started coming that the army is coming. huge tanks and trucks and jeeps and artillery and guns and everything is there. junagadh state was besieged by the other three sides also. an economic blockade was ordered, cutting off supplies of food and resources into the region. eventually, junagadh acceded to india and the nawab fled to pakistan. yet, to this day, 70 years on,
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his great grandson still lays claim tojunagadh and the episode lingers as a reminder of the last days of the raj in india. and, 65 kilometres down the road, in the gir sanctuary, the nawab‘s legacy as an animal lover extraordinaire continues, with the most regal of creatures. now, lions may have iconic status here. they're a royal symbol, they're in hindu mythology but, at the beginning of the last century, they were threatened with extinction. i'm going somewhere now which is the only natural abode of the asiatic lion. the nawab preserved vast tracks of this forest to provide lions with a stable habitat, and banned hunting. the asiatic lions are smaller and
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paler than their african relatives. and these are their modern day protectors, india's first female forest rangers — the so—called lions queens of gia. now they're part of a team that performs more animal rescues than any other wildlife park in the world. on average, the unarmed rangers cover 25 kilometres a day and have to tackle venomous snakes, leopards, and poachers as well as lions. if they did get agitated, how would you be able to tell from the animal? how do you know if you're safe or not with being this close to the animal?
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and it did get dangerous for this woman early on in her career here. applications from women for these posts have rocketed and the rangers are role models and trailblazers in the region today. oh, look! look at that mouth! the good news is that from once being in danger of extinction, numbers have climbed to over 500. the next, much more welcome problem is if the sanctuary is actually big enough for their growing population. so, the first part of my travels across india come to a close. but next wee, i head to the north—,east of the country.
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but next wee, i head to the north—east of the country. i'm on the banks of the mighty river brahmaputra, about to go to a very spiritual place. the amount of people crammed on here as well is going to be an experience. a region that prides itself on tradition and creativity. and a passionate desire to protect this unique part of the world forfuture generations. good morning. well, despite a few nuisance showers across north—east england, for many of us, saturday was a promising day. and a ridge of high pressure continues to build through the night, so clear skies here, withjust a little bit more in the way of cloud across the essex and kent coasts, with the legacy
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of those saturday showers. but, generally speaking, it is quiet start to sunday. it will be a chilly one, not necessarily in towns and city centres, but in rural spots, expect low single figures to greet you first thing this morning. but there will be a light breeze, and with those clear skies comes lots of pleasant sunshine. so not a bad start to the day. as we go through the afternoon, cloud will start to bubble up, and we'll see a few isolated showers, but hopefully they'll be few and far between. favoured spots likely across scotland and northern ireland. if you dodge the showers, with light winds, 17 or 18 degrees will feel quite pleasant. certainly a better day through the borders, north—east england, down into lincolnshire, in comparison to yesterday. fine, dry and sunny. yes, the risk of an isolated shower further west, into wales and south—west england. but again, you'll be unlikely to catch those, so highs of 19 to 20 degrees here, and low 20s quite possibly, again if we get the sunshine continuing. so, if you're heading off for the final day of the world athletics championships, whether it is the morning or the evening session, perfect weather conditions for those
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spectators, and for the athletes. and a similar story, as well, for the premiership matches taking place today. very nice indeed, largely dry here. now, as we move out of sunday, into monday, a change to come. a weather front moves in from the west. it'll bring the heaviest rain through scotland, in particular, and north—west england. light and patchy into northern ireland, wales and south—west england. the best of the sunshine, really, through east anglia, the east midlands, down into the south—east corner. here, we could see highest values around 22 or 23. but, even in the cloud and the rain, we're looking at around 15 to 19 degrees. so once the rain lifts and the brightness returns, not too bad an affair. that front will still clear away. it is not going to bring that much in the way of persistent rain across the east, but it will do so through tuesday night, into the start of the day. so on tuesday it looks as though we will see a scattering of showers, but not a bad affair. 17 to 23 degrees the overall high. that front still to clear away, and then another waits
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in the wings for wednesday. but, ahead of it, it stays relatively quiet, so not a bad day on wednesday. it will cloud over from the west with that rain arriving, but that is going to be the story this week. there will be some spells of sunshine from time to time, but also, we can't rule out spells of rain. hello, this is bbc news, i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: one person dies as a car ploughs into a crowd of people in the us state of virginia after a day of racial violence. the state governor has strong words for the far—right groups involved. 0ur message is plain and simple, go home. you are not wanted in this great commonwealth. an explosion in the pakistani city of quetta leaves at least 15 people dead and 30 others injured. and disasterfor usain bolt as his final race before retirement ends with an injury.
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